Giovanni Giordanelli

August 9, 2021

Spotlight on Giovanni Giordanelli, Draughtsman

Giovanni working from home due to Covid-19.

What is the most complicated request you have worked on?

The most challenging task I have been asked to do was the gores for the Epic Iran exhibition currently open at the V&A: three paintings had to be displayed overhead in the gallery.

Installation view of Epic Iran at the V&A (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Each painting was over ten metres long, and if you are a 140 years old painted replica of the interior of a dome you probably deserve to be shown in an arched mount. So we had to find a balance between the display concept, conservation requirements and installation methods to realise the intent, pushing the capabilities of our CAD software, but the final results are impressive.

Installation view of Epic Iran at the V&A (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Favourite project you've worked on at FSL?

My favourite project is a very recent one, although I can’t mention the name until it is unveiled in September! It was challenging because it was very different from our usual jobs, so we had to find the right approach in CAD as the project had a very fast turn-around. The theme was a fun one, taking inspiration from various Wonders of the World, we built statues, towers and famous bridges, all to be heavily interacted with. I hope to work again on something similar soon and we’ll let you know when the final results are ready to see.


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

My favourite activity is baking and cooking for friends, but especially for my wife: We love to try different food from all over the world: luckily in London, it is not difficult to find all the best ingredients.   


Prior to working at Factory Settings what did you do? 

Previously I’ve worked as a draughtsman/3D modeller in a company specialising in interior design.


How long have you worked at FSL?

I have been with Factory Settings for over two years now.


What would be your dream project to work on?

I love Opera, especially Puccini. My favourite is 'Madame Butterfly' because Japan is one of my favourite places too. After visiting Japan 15 years ago, 'Madame Butterfly' also has been the first Opera where I’ve worked, making some paintings and props.    

After so many years, my dream now is to be involved in the realisation of some sort of cool scenography for the Royal Opera House.

Giovanni Giordanelli

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